London/Sou Fujimoto to design 2013 Serpentine pavilion

A cloud-like cluster of white steel rods will shimmer above the trees of Kensington Gardens this summer, courtesy of Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. He has been announced as the latest designer of the Serpentine Gallery’s annual pavilion commission and he promises to bring a vision of airy lightness.

UK/ Forkbeard Fantasy’s 17th International Summer School

12th – 18th July 2013

The Forkbeard Summer School returns 12th – 18th July 2013. Participants will explore and learn innovative multi-media mixes of performance, film, animation, puppetry, and living exhibits – many of them pioneered by Forkbeard! Discover new ways of making props, costumes, puppets, automata, scenic design, casting, and construction. Following three days of practical demonstrations, participants will be able to create their own work, mentored by Forkbeard artists and with access to Forkbeard’s tools, equipment and technology.

The 1100 Pounds fee includes delicious home-cooked meals, delightful accomodation. The course is limited to 17 participants.

Forkbeard Summer Schools, Waterslade Studios, Hockworthy, Wellington, Devon TA21 0NS

USA / 2013 National Puppetry Conference

The 2013 National Puppetry Conference will take place from 8th – 16th June 2013 at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut.

The deadline for applications has passed but it’s worth visiting the Conference website to see just what we’re missing. Leaders of pre-Conference Intensives include Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass of Sandglass Theater, and Director of the Ballard Institute, John Bell. Guest artists at the full Conference include Sandy Spieler and Larry Siegel exploring the dialectics of wonder, and James Godwin on Puppets, Performance, and the Archetype of the Trickster; and Phillip Huber and Jim Rose will give a marionette masterclass.


UK/ Puppet Centre workshop series

Puppet Centre in collaboration with the Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre (CROMT) and the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of Sussex presents the Listening to the Material Series of Weekend Workshops with Rene Baker, exploring different aspects of creating visual theatre in which objects become co-collaborators in the creative process.

The workshops will take place at the Attenborough Creativity Zone, University of Sussex, Brighton, over the weekends of 1st – 2nd June 2013, 26th – 27th October 2013, and 18th – 19th January 2014.

Participants will learn techniques for devising theatre with objects, draw on the object’s cultural and symbolic associations to transform its meaning and relationship to the human performer, and explore way of integrating objects and sound so that neither music nor image is in service to the other.

It is possible to take individual weekend workshops or sign up for all three to gain 30 hours of in-depth training in using objects in performance.

Pounds 100 for 2 days

Pounds 250 if all 3 weekends are booked in advance

Numbers are limited to 12 places per workshop so early booking is advisable.

Please contact for a booking form


CANADA/Puppetry Intensive Humber College, Toronto

3rd – 15th June 2013

The Humber College Puppetry Intensive is an exciting, rigorous, hands-on, 12-day training programme in the art of puppet theatre, taught by some of the best professional puppet artists in North America.

If you are passionate about the art of puppetry and wish to develop and sharpen your intuitive sense of the dynamic relationship between body and object, grow in leaps and bounds in the creation practices of this expressive art form, and work with some of the top professional puppet artists in North America, the Humber puppetry Intensive is for you.

The Intensive is open to artists and teachers who have previous experience in one or more of the following: theatre performance, theatre production, visual arts, dance, design, and writing. It is also open to anyone who is keenly interested and prepared to invest themselves to their wits end!

Participants will be selected based on related experience and interest. Enrolment is limited to ensure small classes, so please book early.


Masterclass DENMARK/Festival of Wonder

Festival of Wonder in collaboration with Figurentheater TA?bingen (Germany) presents:

Giacometti meets Music and Figure Theatre

7th and 8th November 2013

The project is in three parts, all or some of which can be seen by our audiences.

The Masterclass is for professionals and will run from 10:am – 6pm on both days. The instructors are puppeteer Frank Soehnle from Figurentheater TA?bingen and actor Patrick Michaelis. Frank teaches at the puppetry school in Stuttgart and both instructors will take part in a performance of Hotel de Rive, the second section of this event.

Part three is an open workshop where the focus will be on the practical use of the elements learned in the Masterclass.

The price for the Masterclass is 1200Dkk (160a��) which includes lunch and coffee for both days.

12 applicants will be accepted and the course will be taught in English.

Applications should be submitted by email to:


UK/ Bristol Festival of Puppetry

30th August – 8th September 2013

Puppet Place is now busy planning and fundraising for the biennial Bristol Festival of Puppetry 2013.

If you would like to be part of the Festival pleae send your information to We have been unable to get a closing date for applications but suggest making contact as soon as possible.

Based at the Tobacco Factory, for 10 days at the end of the summer we welcome artists from all over the world, run workshops in everything from stop-frame animation to object theatre and process giant puppets through the street in our Community Carnival. We are dedicated to bringing the best of puppetry from around the world to Bristol and showcasing the wealth of talent in the South West.

Progress with the programme as it develops can be followed on Facebook and Twitter and on the website:A�


UK/Smoking Puppet Cabaret at the Shambala Festival

22nd – 25th August 2013

The Smoking Puppet Cabaret is looking for short (20-40 minutes) puppetry performances suitable for a cabaret-style Puppet Tent at Shambala Festival 2013. Performances can be aimed at family audiences and/ or adults. We are also interested in running workshops/talks on puppetry for families and/or adults so if you are also a facilitator, please let us know what skills you may want to teach.

Please send us details about your company and the performance you would like to bring to the festival, being sure to include websites and any supporting videos or photographs of your show.


Puppet Tent @ Shambala Festival 2013

Deadline for submissions is 31 May 2013.


Exposition Richard Teschner A� Vienne

Le MusA�e Autrichien du ThA�A?tre, A�sterreichisches Theatermuseum, dA�positaire des grands crA�ations de Richard Teschner, a ouvert une exposition sur ce grand artiste, depuis le 24 Avril 2013, qui se terminera le 10 FA�vrier de l’annA�e.

Vue l’inspiration que Richard Teschner a donnA� aux crA�ateurs de thA�A?tre de marionnette dans toute l’europe et au dela, c’est donc un A�vA�nement culturel important dont tous les membres de l’UNIMA devraient A?tre informA�s.

S’il vous plaA�t, trouvez ici la couverture et aussi le contenu du dA�pliant (seulement en Allemand) pour une premiA?re information.

A�sterreichisches Theatermuseum

Palais Lobkowitz

Lobkowitzplatz 2

A-1010 Wien

Tel.: +43 1 525 24 5303

Fax: +43 1 525 24 5399


Death of Mireya Cueto

Mireya Cueto, puppeteer, writer and playwright, recognised as the great Mexican ambassador of the Puppetry art, died on April 25th, 2013, at the age of 91.

Her work in the field of the children’s literature and the spreading of the puppet theatre, the development of children’s program of radio and television, is recognised in Mexico.

In February 2012, she received the Medalla Bellas Artes in recognition of her live of more than 70 years dedicated at the theatre.